Hidden in plain sight on Oldham Street, the former sister venue to the iconic Hacienda nightclub is set to change forever.
Dry Bar is set to be converted into a boutique hotel following purchase by a Singapore-based consortium led by Heeton Holdings.
The new LUMA hotel concept aims to be a ‘smart, inspired, yet ever-so-slightly eccentric’ urban base for people wanting to explore Manchester.
Purchase of the building came with an existing planning permission from 2015 to convert the upper floors into a hotel. The design, by HLM Architects, includes the addition of an extension above the existing roof level.
Edwin Liu, country head (UK & Europe) at Heeton Holdings, said: "We're delighted to be taking forward this project in an area that is so culturally important to Manchester. We look forward to working with Manchester City Council to realise a shared vision for the site. We believe that the addition of a distinctive new hotel will help to cement the Northern Quarter's position as a major destination within this vibrant international city.
A planning application for the scheme will be submitted imminently.